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Founded in 1948, The Arc of Philadelphia, through its volunteer board, staff and membership has led the way in protecting the rights of and promoting opportunities for children and adults with disabilities by advocating with and for all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to promote active citizenship, self-determination and full inclusion. The Arc of Philadelphia affiliated with The Arc of Pennsylvania and The Arc of the United States and is a member of the SpArc Philadelphia family of organizations.

The Arc of Philadelphia’s mission is to advocate with and for all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, to promote active citizenship, self-determination, and full inclusion.


The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access

People with cognitive disabilities have an equal right to technology and information access. A coalition of disability organizations and individuals asserted this right in a formal declaration, announced at the Thirteenth Annual Coleman Institute National Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology, held October 2, 2013, in Broomfield, Colorado.

We invite all of you to read this declaration, The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access, and to affirm your commitment to the equal rights of people with cognitive disabilities to technology and information access by endorsing it on the website.


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The Arc of Philadelphia Goes on the Road to Promote Tech Access

The Arc of Philadelphia Goes on the Road to Promote Tech Access

Our fearless Executive Director of The Arc of Philadelphia, Joseph Mancini, has returned from his October roadtrip, in which he highlighted The Arc of Philadelphia’s efforts to build access to technology for people with disabilities.

First up was the Office of Developmental Programs’ Conference on Technology in Pittsburgh, then The Arc US’ national conference in Washington, DC, then the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities’ Annual Conference on Cognitive Disabilities & Technology in Westminster, Colorado.

Throughout his travels, Mr. Mancini spoke to audiences about the widening gap in technology access for people with disabilities, and what The Arc of Philadelphia is doing to help bridge this gap. This work includes technology support and coaching through our “Tech Room” at The Arc of Philadelphia. These efforts had early supporters in The Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities and Comcast NBCUniversal.

Another area Mr. Mancini addressed was advocacy to make Pennsylvania a “Technology First” state, which means that the state embraces technology as a first source of support when addressing outcomes in service planning for people.

As part of his trip to Washington, DC, Mr. Mancini was honored with the National Council of Executives of The Arc US’ “Rising Star” award for an Arc Executive Director whose tenure is under five years.

We at the SpArc Philadelphia family of organizations are immensely proud of him and are excited to see all the momentum he has in store.